March 2nd, 2015
I’m super excited for this month’s Michaels Makers assignment. Michaels is hosting a contest where you can enter to win a trip Paris! To kick it off, all of the Makers created a paris-inspired project. What is more paris-inspired than a 16″ tall glittered eiffel tower?
Ad-tech Low Temp Glue Gun
I created some custom SVG files to cut on my Cricut for this project. I want to offer them for sale in my Etsy Shop, but I need to perfect them just a little bit more. This glitter card stock from Michaels is super thick, perfect for a structural project like this.
There was a lot of folding and to get a nice crisp edge on glitter card stock, I used a bone folder to crease all my folds.
I used all my trusty Ad Tech low temp glue gun to glue my 3D pieces together, And then pretty much just glued everything on top of each other starting from the top going down to the bottom.
The top was capped with this little piece, and then I put a skewer in through the middle of the top and glued it in place.
Then I adhered a little flag that I printed out, and tied on some ribbon, and voila (thats a french word, right?), my pretty glitter eiffel tower!
It’s such a beautiful decoration, now I just want to throw a paris-themed birthday party for myself!
- Now it’s your turn! That’s right, you can enter to win the trip of a lifetime to Paris too. How? By creating your own Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and uploading a photo to https://paris.michaels.com/ through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest.
- What do you win? A four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more!
- If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com.
And check out the rest of the Michaels Maker’s projects:
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February 16th, 2015
If you’ve been into a Michaels store lately, you’ve probably noticed some big changes. I know my local Michaels has so many cool products right now, and one of my favorite new resets is this “Make Market” which is a combination of home décor and DIY products made of on-trend surfaces and textures, like chalk, denim, burlap, galvanized, cork and metal.
All of the Michaels Makers were asked to create a craft using denim. I love the look of denim in projects especially for the 4th of July. So I guess now is a good time to stock up!
For my denim project, I thought it would be fun to create a little needlepoint project. I’ve never hand-embroidered before, but there’s always a first for everything! I love the idea of alternative fabrics for needlepoint, and I found these denim squares that fit a 3.5″ embroidery hoop perfectly.
3.5″ Embroidery Hoop
I created a simple pattern on my computer with some basic stars and a cursive font. I printed it out and used it as a guide for my stitches (I’m pretty sure this isn’t really how you do needlepoint,ha! So if you’re more of a craft purist, maybe look for some more technical instructions). This worked fine for me, I freehanded some of the stars and all the french knots at the end though because those were super easy. The lettering was the hardest, I used a stem stitch for those.
Here you can see before I trimmed off the excess denim.
And the final mini embroidery. I created the Little Star design to match my son’s room decor. I love the look of the dark denim and the bright embroidery floss.
Such a fun little project and great to get my feet wet trying out some embroidery! Have you crafted with Denim? I’d love to see any fun projects you’ve created using denim or other dark materials. Check out the links below to see what all the other Michaels Makers created this month!
Also, you’ll want to check back on my blog March 2 to get all the details on how to enter an upcoming craft contest that will send one lucky participant on the trip of a lifetime to Paris!
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January 15th, 2015
I posted this picture of my craft room on my instagram feed a few weeks ago. I had just cleaned up my craft room in preparation for some upcoming projects. It’s still kind of a wreck in there though because I really needed to get to the organization of the space. And basically after a few hours of working on projects, the room looks more or less like this:
Stuff piling out of the closet, drawers overflowing, floors completely covered.
Really it’s just in need of some good old fashioned purging and organizing.
Michaels asked all of the Michaels Makers to organize our craft spaces using organization products from their store. I had a business trip this month, so instead of taking the time to run to my local store, I ordered all my supplies on Michaels.com. I ordered several large handled boxes, a few scrapbook cases (my favorite, I already have a ton), two rolling scrapbook chests, and two metal storage racks that hangs over the door.
Because I design scrapbooking supplies, I become quickly overrun by papers and stickers. I use the Scrapbook cases to divide up scrapbooking lines that I’ve designed, or my card stock stash. I have lots of piles like this of newer scrapbooking lines, that I just hadn’t gotten around to organizing.
I was able to just scoop them up, organizing by name, and start filling up all the cases in my scrapbook chests.
The chests are so nice because you can wheel them around for easy access, and the boxes don’t tip like they might do if you stack them too high. I filled up all these chests with papers I had lying around, and have enough stuff to fill about 4 more.
I was super thrilled to find that the chests fit two across in my closet, and well below the lowest shelf. You can also see additional scrapbook cases all filled up, and above those the size of the large modular bins.
When I saw the over the door organizers, I was beyond thrilled. I have two big doors leading to my closet, and knew they would be perfect for this item. It’ comes in a really small box, and is easy to assemble. I ended up swapping some of the accessories from one door to the next to customize my configuration just how I wanted it.
I love all the components that come with the system including these chains and hooks for any flat embellishments. I used mine for ribbon so this became my ribbon door.
The other side is housing all my Cricut supplies. I LOVE the hooks that come with the system, the were the perfect depth to slide 3 vinyl rolls on.
And I tidied up all the shelves and swept for days, but finally the room is looking really nice!
My favorite thing is still the door organizers. Such a great use of wasted space, and so well designed too.
And to break in the new space, I created this paper wreath with Recollections card stock and my Cricut Explore. I created about 2/3rd of the die line files, the rest were from the Cricut Design Space.
It made a mess, but everything was much easier to clean up when stuff is organized.
- Haven’t decided what project you’re going to kick off 2015 with? Stop by Michaels’ blog The Glue String for inspiration from all 30 of the Michaels Makers.
- If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to clean out your closet, your office or even your bedroom, but you’re sick of the typical containers and boxes – here are some cool and creative DIY storage ideas that might help!
- For those of us that just need a place to store our craft materials and organize our scrapbook paper, paint, markers and yarn, you must check out these nifty craft storage systems.
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